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#pounditSaturday, February 4, 2023

Brock Osweiler did not give Broncos chance to match offer

Brock Osweiler

Even if the Denver Broncos were willing to pay as much as the Houston Texans to keep Brock Osweiler, that opportunity was not presented to them.

In a feature breaking down the nature of contract negotiations between Osweiler, the Broncos and the Texans, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle noted that Osweiler’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not give Denver a chance to match Houston’s best offer.

Sexton had told Osweiler to go dark and not return calls, texts or e-mails from the Broncos, including his teammates, until the agent had reached an agreement with one of the teams. Sexton didn’t want sentiment to play a role if he could avoid it.

Sexton never gave the Broncos a chance to match the Texans’ offer.

Osweiler signed with the Texans for an average annual value of $18 million. When it became clear that Houston had legitimate interest in the 25-year-old, the Broncos reportedly upped their initial offer of three years, $39 million to a deal that would have averaged $16.5 million per year and included $30 million guaranteed. The two sides were obviously getting closer at that point, so what went wrong?

As a previous report noted, Osweiler did not take kindly to being benched in favor of Peyton Manning after he went 5-2 filling in for the future Hall of Famer. From the sound of it, he intended to sign with Houston all along and his agent was simply using the Broncos as leverage. If you want to know how the relationship between Osweiler and the Broncos ended, just read these comments from John Elway.

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